NEW YORK, May 2, 2007- The International Fight League (OTC.BB: IFLI), the world’s first team-based professional mixed martial arts league, will bring viewers behind the scenes and into the ring as two of the league’s unbeaten squads, the New York Pitbulls and Portland Wolfpack, battle at Mohegan Sun Arena in the next episode of “IFL Battleground” on Monday, May 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CT/MT). “IFL Battleground” airs every Monday night on MyNetworkTV.
Some of the highlights seen during this week’s episode include:
. The Wolfpack’s slugging welterweight Mike Dolce from the Jersey shore, transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, takes on the team coached by his mentor, Renzo Gracie. Dozens of Dolce’s supporters, including his No. 1 fan, his sister, Mary Lou, are on hand to cheer him on.
. The first-ever IFL rematch features former All-America football player Jamal Patterson (Hoboken, N.J.) of the Pitbulls and bible-toting, hard-hitting Matt Horwich (Portland, Ore.).
. Exciting newcomer Gerald Harris (Tulsa, Okla.) makes his IFL debut against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Fabio Leopoldo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
. The battle heats up between gentle giants Devin Cole (Medford, Ore.), the IFL veteran looking for his first win of 2007, and Bryan Vetell (Jamaica, N.Y), who hit the books as a Philosophy major at Hofstra before hitting opponents in the IFL ring.
. Veteran Thai boxer Joey Sampieri (New York) makes his first IFL appearance as he faces Ryan Schultz (North Platte, Neb.) in the Wolfpack lightweight’s first bout since he was knocked out in the 2006 IFL World Team Championship on the same Mohegan Sun Arena canvas.
. “IFL Battleground” takes a look around the league as some of the top teams prepare for their final regular season events and look ahead to the IFL playoffs.
. Olympic Gold Medalist Kevin Jackson serves as substitute coach for the Wolfpack team while Matt Lindland competes overseas, a prelude to the league’s landmark partnership with USA Wrestling.
Viewers can find their local MyNetworkTV affiliate at www.mynetworktv.com/local_stations.html.
Each of the 12 IFL teams for 2007 will compete in three regular season events; the teams with the top four overall win-loss team records will advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on Thursday, August 2, at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2007 IFL Finals will then be held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 15.
About the IFL
International Fight LeagueT (IFL) is the world’s first professional mixed martial arts sports league. IFL has its headquarters in New York, NY and offices in Las Vegas, NV. For more information about IFL, please see: www.ifl.tv.